Ms Williams is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). She has previously served overseas as High Commissioner to Malaysia and was Australia’s first Ambassador for Women and Girls. Ms Williams is Australia’s first female Ambassador to Indonesia.
Monash University in Melbourne has signed a formal agreement with the Indonesian government to strengthen ties between the two countries as Australian Read more
The ongoing tension between the United States and China should encourage Indonesia to find ways to reduce reliance on the two great powers. It can start by looking to strengthen political and security ties with non-traditional partners.
Some have called for the United Nations to act based on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle. But R2P tools short of military intervention, such as embargoes, sanctions or International Criminal Court prosecution, may not move the needle.
Jakarta lacks the leverage to effect change in Myanmar and can only plead with others who hold some sway, such as China, Read more
In 2018, the Australia–Indonesia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership recognised a ‘proximity advantage’ between eastern Indonesia and northern Australia offering ripe opportunities for development, growth and cooperation.
In a live speech broadcast on Youtube, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo extended his condolences and “deep sympathy” for victims of the Myanmar military crackdown on protesters, and urged for the violence to be immediately ceased.
Jakarta’s efforts to help its Southeast Asian neighbour are partly aimed at keeping it within ASEAN’s orbit rather than China’s, experts say.
The US will not grant China any improvement in relations until Beijing stops its economic coercion of Australia, according to President Biden’s new Indo-Pacific co-ordinator.
China’s government has intensified its vaccine diplomacy in the region, offering its locally made Sinopharm jab to several South-East Asian nations including Indonesia.
We have little reason to aspire to reshaping Indonesian perceptions of us to the extent necessary for the effects of soft power to materialise if domestically we’re sending signals that Indonesia holds no attraction for us.